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FAQs for Event Development

What is considered “CME?”

Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.

Accredited CME is based on a learner-centered, continuous improvement model.  Accredited providers facilitate self-directed, practice-based education that supports physicians’ commitment to lifelong learning in the changing health care environment. Whether health care professionals work in clinical care, research, administration, executive leadership, or other areas of medicine, accredited CME is tailored to their needs and scope of practice.  CME is designed to offer solutions to real-world practice issues. In addition to providing updates on the latest medical practices, guidelines, and research, accredited CME activities address local community health concerns and support problem-solving and quality improvement initiatives within health professionals' institutions. 

Accredited CME is offered through a wide range of formats and structures. Much more than the traditional lecture or meeting, CME encompasses one-on-one training, performance-improvement projects, patient safety initiatives, online simulation, learning from teaching, courses, team-based learning, and numerous other approaches.

 

Why is accredited CME important?

CME supports a lifetime in medical practice.  Aspiring physicians spend four years in medical school and three to five years in residency training. For the rest of their careers, physicians rely on accredited continuing medical education as one of the support systems that helps them continuously improve their practice and their care of patients.

The fields of medicine and science never stop moving forward—and neither should physicians. Whether physicians work in clinical care, research, health care administration, or other areas of medicine, accredited CME is tailored to their needs and their patients’ needs. Accredited CME addresses every medical specialty, covering the full range of topics important to health care improvement.

Participation in accredited CME helps physicians meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of specialty board certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges.  And for those who participate in IU CME, the Division of CME maintains records of physician participation for up to seven years, so physicians can access their credits anytime through the “MyCME” tab.

 

Where can I find the requirements for the development of CME?

An overview of the requirements and steps involved in the planning process are available on our "Event Development" page. 

 

What are the costs associated with the development of CME activities?

Each planned activity will be given a cost estimate based on the type and scope of the project.  At minimum, all activities will have a CME credit fee.  Please refer to the document, IUSM CME Credit Fee to learn what is included in this fee.   

 

Where can I get help completing the IUSM CME Application and Planning Worksheet?

Of course we’re only a phone call away, but many tools and resources are available to you online.  One such resource is the “Guide to Completing the IUSM CME Application and Planning Worksheet.”  In this document, the main components of the application are briefly described.